A year after bolstering the offense by drafting Jaylen Waddle in the opening round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins could go on to add another former Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver.
According to the NFL Network’s Cameron Wolfe, the Dolphins are “watching closely” on the situation with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper. Wolfe further added that the Dolphins could end up making a push to sign Cooper if the Cowboys opt to release him.
The Dolphins are on the lookout for another playmaker to add to their offense, as they “want to get as many weapons for Tua [Tagovailoa].”
Cooper’s future with the Cowboys is currently up in the air. ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted last week that the Cowboys are “likely” to release Cooper by the start of the new league year. They are aiming to free up cap space and have been open to the possibility of parting ways with the veteran wideout, who is on track to be due $20 million in fully guaranteed money by the fifth day of the new league year.
If the Cowboys elect to trade or release Cooper in the coming days, they would then carry over $6 million in dead cap space but also save $16 million.
As it stands, the Dolphins could end up seeing a bit of turnaround at the backend of their wide receiver depth chart, especially as the likes of Albert Wilson and Mack Hollins will become unrestricted free agents next week. It remains to be seen whether the Dolphins front office has any plans to re-sign either of the two to short-term deals in the coming weeks.
Overall, Tagovailoa formed keen chemistry with Waddle this past season. Whether it was in the slot or out wide, Waddle emerged as a go-to receiver for Tagovailoa in crucial situations of games.
As Wolfe touched on, the Dolphins will aim to haul in another playmaker as a way to add a stout dimension to the offense. Whether it will be Cooper or possibly a soon-to-be free agent wideout, the second-year passer may end up seeing a new face at the wide receiver position in the 2022 season.